Joakim Noah injury update, the Clippers do Blake Griffin right and more in NBA Daily Digest.
Still Not Sharp: The Bulls hopes on becoming a Eastern Conference super power hang in the balance as they deal with two very key injuries.
We’ve seen how Derrick Rose is fairing in rehab but now comes word from the opposite end of the pendulum that center Joakim Noah is not doing so well.
Noah discussed his situation with the French media as he struggles with joining the French basketball team for the 2012 Olympics.
“I’ve tried to play a little basketball, but it’s still a little sore,” he said. “My left leg is not at its best, I can’t push off of it, I can’t run well. I’m not ready at all.”
The start of the 2012-2013 regular season is miles away from now and Noah’s progress is ensured. The bigger part of this issue is that this is not his first dance with ankle issues.
Another factor is will he push himself to play in the Olympics and risk his chances of a full recovery? National pride aside, there’s some Americans in Chicago that don’t want to see that go down.
Mo Money: In the next episode of The Rich Get Richer, the Los Angeles Times is reporting that The Clippers will sign Blake Griffin to a five-year, $95 million extension on July 1.
Griffin is due for the extension and he’s definitely earned it.
Before Chris Paul swooped in, Griffin had the unenviable task of putting behinds in the seats and he for the most part did it.
The Clips are known for being cheap in such matters and they recently watched GM Neil Olshey walk to the Trail Blazers over financial issues.
Let’s see how they treat Paul.
Inspirational: If you ever feel that the negative weight that can catch-up with pro sports can get you down, just look at what the OKC Thunder are doing.
Thunder beat writer Darnell Mayberry, posted an inspiring set of comments today from Thunder alumni Kevin Ollie.
Ollie was the driving force behind establishing a positive ritual for the team that gathers them in a chapel before games be they at home or on the road.
“That was a big thing, too,” Ollie said. “I mean, I’ve never seen that throughout my whole playing career. One chapel we had everybody in there. I’ve never seen that in my life. And to go and have 80 percent go on the road, that’s a big thing, the spirituality. Just understanding everything comes from God, that’s a great thing. Hopefully they continue that.”
“I just wanted to be a light and let them know that it is chapel and just to have that 15 minutes,” Ollie said. “I’m not going to go around preaching to everybody, but it reminds you that you do have to sacrifice things and we got to sacrifice things for each other because God sacrifices for us each and every day.
And for them to just think about that for 15 minutes it might set a seed in their head that they think about when you want to have those selfish tendencies to go away from your team and look the other way.
But you also bring that together once you’re in the presence of Him and understanding that it’s sacrifices about this and we’ve got to lean on each other because we’re all brothers and iron sharpens iron.
And I think they’re sharpening each other up and you can just see it throughout the team. It’s definitely evident that they love one another, they play for one another and they believe in one another. The team that prays together stays together. I truly believe that.”
We all have different faiths and levels of how we participate within that faith. However, it’s just pretty cool to see a group of guys come together and bond in a positive light and see that pay off for them.